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Leave No Trace - A Good Way to Travel
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Keep the Wild in Wildlife and Wilderness
  Utah's landscape is unique and is thus being
  loved to death. Do your part to help keep it
  beautiful for those who come after you.
The mission of Leave No Trace, a national non-profit organization is to promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through education, research and partnerships. Leave No Trace hopes to build awareness, appreciation and respect for our wildlands, with a specific focus on human-powered (non-motorized) recreation.

Not a political group, they simply want to educate people on how and why to minimize their impacts while enjoying public lands. The message is tailored for multiple uses (hikers, bikers, river-runners, rock climbers, etc) and ecosystems ( deserts, mountains, waterways, etc.).

Their website is rich in information on getting involved through volunteerism and classes. They have an impressive list of partners including all the big-name companies and groups involved in outdoor recreation.

It doesn't really take a lot of effort to Leave No Trace when you are in the outdoors, mostly common sense practices apply. A few basic steps to follow are posted on their website:

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

If we all followed these principles, the environment would be cleaner, and wilderness would not disappear, and being out there would be a more pleasant experience.

Backroads of Utah
by Theresa A. Husarik

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